Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.
Kodai Road, previously known as Kodaikanal road is a railway station. It is a significant railway junction in Tamil Nadu. Dindugal is located on its north and Madurai is located to its South. It lies close to a village known as Ammaianayakkanur and is a major junction point to South India’s very famous hill station called Kodaikanal.
Places to Stay
It is best recommended that visitors stay in Kodaikanal which is 45km away. Hotel Raahat Inn (Rs.1200), Hotel Sunrise (Rs.1400), Hotel Gurupriya(Rs.700) and Sunny Dale Villa(Rs.1000) are suitable for travellers with a budget of Rs 1500.
Diwali, Eid, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi are the major events across the year.
Tamil and English are the local languages spoken in Kodai Road.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit around are Mariammman temple, Talakkuthu Falls, Pagavathiamman Temple, Silver Cascade Falls and Kumbakarai Falls all within 15-40km.
How to Get There
Madurai Airport is the closest airport near Kodai Road. It is located about 85km away from the city. This airport undertakes domestic operations.
Kodai Road is a major railway Junction within 0.1km which has daily trains to Chennai, Madurai and Egmore.
Dindugal Bus stand is loated 21km away which has local government buses plying. Madurai Bus station is a major junction 34km away where TNSRTC bus operators offer quality service along with other private bus operators such as SRM Travels. You can book bus tickets online from Ticketgoose.com, one of the leading bus booking portals.